Man killed as he works on highway

October 18, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

A 19-year-old Baltimore man, working for a construction company on a job in Westminster, was killed yesterday when he was struck by a bakery truck that drifted off the highway.

Westminster police said Aaron J. Tate, who lived in the 1700 block of Abbotson St., was pronounced dead at the scene.

He had been placing safety cones at the rear of a construction truck parked on the shoulder of Route 140 near Royer Road at 8:15 a.m. when he was hit.

City police said the bakery step van was westbound on Route 140 when the driver, Jimmie Earl Smith Jr., reached for something in the truck and the vehicle drifted onto the shoulder of the road.

The step van belongs to the Dolly Madison Bakery and was heading toward Taneytown, police said.

Mr. Tate was killed when he was crushed between the two vehicles. Officers said the step van stopped about 180 feet from the point of impact.

Mr. Smith, 33, of Hillenwood Road in Baltimore was taken to Carroll County General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and released.

He was taken to the Westminster police station to be interviewed by investigators.

Police said charges are pending a review of the accident and consultation with the state's attorney's office.

Police closed Route 140 during rush hour and detoured traffic around the crash.

The highway was reopened at 11:50 a.m. after the body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

An accident reconstruction expert was at the site of the accident for more than three hours.

Mr. Tate worked for Rommel Electric Co., in the 8100 block of Pulaski Highway.

The company is changing traffic warning signals to traffic stop lights and installing an overhead warning light for the new and wider intersection of Route 140 and Royer Road.

Work on widening the highway and constructing a right-turn lane shut down for the day after the fatal accident.

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